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The Way We Were - 5

April 7, 2020

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July 31, 2015


The sight of an empty 'heritage car' trundling between Pleasure Beach and North Pier during the week - drawing curious stares from visitors - is a somewhat poignant scene,  given the same promenade location five years ago.   The omnipresent...

July 30, 2015

London's tram system - or more rather the combined operations of its municipal and company operators, was contending with rumbles of public and political discontent by the late 1920s.  London County Council together with contiguous municipal system...

July 29, 2015

No its not the former Talbot Road Bus Station now posing as a retail development.  When Stanley Park opened in 1926 the Tramways Department were quick to add a seasonal service from the Promenade to the main gates.  The new route utilised diminut...

July 27, 2015

Scranton, Pennsylvania was the first American urban centre to introduce electric street lighting.   Its role in pioneering electric power is celebrated today by the new name 'Electric City' given to its heritage.  This includes an important 'trolley...

July 26, 2015

Essen Strassenbahn  was a leading force in emergent tram design and technology - thanks to its engineering management in the decade 1929-1939.   The city pioneered the very first German ' grossraumwagen' in 1933 - a long four axle car with uncluttere...

July 26, 2015

The next UK tram development which played a small part in the evolvement of  Blackpool's  fleet renewal of the 1930s involved yet another unlikely tram operator, this time Bradford.   The city's transport managers showed interest in a break from the...

July 25, 2015

Chile was unusually receptive to double deck trams.  Well over 400 examples were evident in the capital, Santiago, during the years of that city's  electric tram expansion principally through German financing and equipment supply.   However none of t...

July 24, 2015


Centre entrance trams were favoured in the formative years of both Liverpool and Glasgow's electric tramway development - but in single deck form.  Both cities would discard the design as innappropriate;  due in part to the limited capacity when com...

July 23, 2015

Blackpool's remaining 'Balloon' cars from the mid 1930s have achieved iconic status in the pantheon of tramcar design.   Unmatched anywhere with their longevity in service and despite the diversity of rebuilds, modifications and addendums recently af...

July 23, 2015

The local press carried a frontpage headline today on the recent ruling by Traffic Inspectors on discrepancies in the organisational arrangements of the former Classic Bus, Oakwood Travel operations in Blackpool.  This follows extended 


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